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So I’m looking at getting a security system. ADT is the largest and most well known but as with everything there are a ton of negative reviews. I really don’t put too much trust in random internet reviews of anything.

Second is Simplisafe. At first look it just seems pretty cheesy when compared to a wired install.

I know I will have to sign a contract with ADT but that’s not a big deal. Anyone have ADT? If so how is the equipment quality? Service? And how bad do they bend you over if you want additional door/window sensors beyond the 3 that come with the basic system?

Let’s hear it GT!
 

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I use Simplisafe and have had no issues at all. I have a separate video system, but that is because I wanted something more than I really needed.
 

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Simplisafe is a winner around GT. My folks have it and it's 100% GTG. I have Iris, by Lowes, which is pretty much the same thing, and I love it.

But, If I were to buy now, I'd likely go with Simplisafe.

Good luck!!
 

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We just did a Simplisafe last month. Couldn't be happier. Monitoring fees are good, I called twice to extend the "practice mode" period and they answered the phone quickly and did as I asked. No false alarms yet. I like the iPhone app, the modular expandability, and the ability to enable/disable/reconfigure each individual sensor. Very satisfied.
 

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I have lifeshield and have had them for 5 years with no issues nor complaints except they discontinued some of the micro sensors for the windows. I have not had to sign a contract with them since the first year as long as you continue to pay (54.00 mo) service remains intact. I have complete home package which is fire, breakin, water level, and motion. They offer indoor camera at no additional charge however I have a different cctv system that is independant and I\O. The system is 90% wireless is very easy to maintain troubleshoot and operate in my opinion. Check them out for comparison and also if you have direct tv they now own lifeshield so there is a discount. With all of that being said, I have not needed to contact them other than to do the yearly service check so prices may have changed. I did have to buy extra window sensors as they only send enough in package for 2 doors and 4 windows. I have 11 first floor windows and 4 doors
 

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Seems a lot of votes for Simplisafe. How about sensors? I have a lot of windows on ground floor. Do the sensors have good range and battery life?

And if a sensor is tripped can you see which one?
 

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I’ve lived in the Quad Cities in the 1970’s and I now live in So Cal. The police in many areas here do not even respond to alarms because of so many false ones that are triggered.

I live in a cul de sac and have every door and window wired and have two indoor IR’s. My friend, who installed it, (licensed and bonded) advises against monitoring. That’s where the companies make their money. He also said that if he didn’t know where the brain was (back bedroom closet) he could not defeat it.

Another guy once tried to sell me ADT service. After talking for a while he admitted to the many faults of monitored systems (it can take 10 or more minutes before a cop is even notified, if there’s no sign of forced entry, they won’t go in) and conceded that the very loud sirens my system uses may be more effective.

Before you move on a system, talk to some home security specialists who have no skin in the game and will give you unbiased info.
 

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Seems a lot of votes for Simplisafe. How about sensors? I have a lot of windows on ground floor. Do the sensors have good range and battery life?

And if a sensor is tripped can you see which one?
I have around 8000sqf of house covered on just one station, the range of the sensors is excellent. With the app you see what tripped the alarm. I rely pretty heavy on motion sensors, even if someone got threw a door or window, you can't get very far in the house.
 

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Had ADT starting around 25 yrs. ago.
Much later, I needed to cancel (yes, a signed contract had been required) -- I then encountered what I would characterize as the 'ADT Thinks It's Scientology' contract phase. Yes, as in 1,000-year "contract with COS & Sea Org."

They tried very hard to convince me that I had signed some kind of life-long contract which also legally bound any subsequent owners of my house. 'Ahhhh. No. If you want to come rip out your aging install, feel free, but no, I am not in any way obligated to maintain an "account" and continue paying (ever-increasing) monthly monitoring fees.'

They may have changed... dunno.
 

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Whatever you will settle down on make sure that the numerical panel is a separate unit from the main alarm unit with the sirens and that the main unit is well concealed and away from the arm/disarm panel.
 
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Simplisafe at the Powernoodle Compound, and I installed it at my elderly mother's crib. Easy to install. I supplement with 5x Logitech Circle 2 wireless cameras. You can get good home coverage with Simplisafe for maybe $500, and decide if you want the monthly plan. Or you can go without. I have my system primarily to warn me of nighttime ingress.
 

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I'd like to do my own install and maybe use an r-pie to notify me with a text or email. I haven't looked too far into it though, but it should be doable I think.

That way, if you had ip cams you could look and call the cops on your own behalf. Just an idea I've been thinking about.
 

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All you guys with IR and motion sensors obviously don’t have pets walking around. I had to resort to sonic detectors. I stopped my monitoring many years ago. The two sirens in the house and one outside will scare novices away. A determined thief, we all know that they’re getting in. If you’re a thousand miles away and your alarm goes off, what exactly are you gonna do about it?

So I’m looking at getting a security system. ADT is the largest and most well known but as with everything there are a ton of negative reviews. I really don’t put too much trust in random internet reviews of anything.

Second is Simplisafe. At first look it just seems pretty cheesy when compared to a wired install.

I know I will have to sign a contract with ADT but that’s not a big deal. Anyone have ADT? If so how is the equipment quality? Service? And how bad do they bend you over if you want additional door/window sensors beyond the 3 that come with the basic system?

Let’s hear it GT!
 

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I had ADT for many years and do not recommend them. I did like their cellular based system but it was $54 a month and service was terrible when I needed something done to the system.
My friend did a LOT of research and settled on Simplisafe and is very happy with it, now a couple years in. You can set up notifies to your phone and their are various levels of service depending on your needs.
It is cellular based as well, so you need a good signal at the house.
EDIT, newer motion detectors claim to ignore pets up to a certain size. But if you have motion detectors, don't leave party balloons hanging around. I know.
 

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We use a local company. You may want to consider a Canary home surveillance system, not very expensive and no more monthly fees, and/or a Ring doorbell surveillance system, also inexpensive with a $30 annual fee.
 

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Simplisafe (and a couple of overlapping systems but that’s another story).

No contracts, easy to configure and you are always updated with any events in your security system.
 
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Before you move on a system, talk to some home security specialists who have no skin in the game and will give you unbiased info.
I will go a step further and suggest that before you spend any money, check with the police or sheriff's agency that responds to your home. They may have a crime prevention person who has some familiarity with residential security and crime prevention. If so he or she may be able to do a survey of your place, generally for free. And you will be hard pressed to find someone who knows more about current burglary trends in your area.


I’ve lived in the Quad Cities in the 1970’s and I now live in So Cal. The police in many areas here do not even respond to alarms because of so many false ones that are triggered.

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Even if there is not a crime prevention person from your local agency, someone there should be able to tell you about average response times, no response policies, registration and false alarm fees.

In more than a few areas in the nation there are places at where a monitored alarm that notifies the police is a mostly unnecessary expense because of some of the issues above. A system that notifies you and or sends video to you may be a better choice.

Some decades back when they were known as American District Telegraph they were generally known as one of the best alarm companies as far as technology, service, and few false alarms. With no offense to them my guess is now their revenue may be based more on volume.
 

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The previous owners of my hand had ADT.
They left the equipment and the signage.
I didn't elect to continue the service.
The sign and metal, siren box with a big, red light on it have served me well, for 15 years.
 

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I use a local company, Hawk Security, they are associated with My Alarm Center. They installed a Honeywell system that works very well, fees are reasonable. I also have a Ring doorbell which I feel is a good deterrent.

With a monitored alarm system I receive a discount on homeowners insurance which covers about half of the monthly monitoring fee.
 
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